World Mission Sunday

This is World Mission Sunday and our minds and hearts reach out today to people who in extraordinary ways make it their business in life to live out the Gospel of Jesus on the Continents of Africa and Asia, and in South America. “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

These catechists remind us that we share this mission here in America, and in Europe where the faith is weakening and our silence deafening. Christ needs us my friends, to be catechists in a new generation of disciples. In these very public times, we have an opportunity to express Christ’s teaching as servants of both the Word and the Sacrament, in the way the Church reveals that Truth to us.

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by Father Cioppi

Don’t ever give the least, give the most!

The wealthy young man came to Jesus running. He flung himself at the feet of the poor, penniless carpenter from Nazareth.

The man calls Jesus, “teacher” and immediately Jesus stops him: “Why do you call me good?” While at first, it seems that Jesus is trying to cool the young man’s enthusiasm, Jesus did what every disciple should be careful to do: point to the God.

Jesus knows that this man’s zeal has led him to fall on his knees, but he should not fall simply because he was overcome with emotion. As a teacher, Jesus, needs to help him mature in his faith.

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by Father Cioppi

Help young families become bearers of the Gospel

In the Pope’s letter Familiaris Consortio, John Paul explains that the Church must be vitally concerned for the pastoral care of the family beginning with the spousal family of husband and wife. It is here, at the core of the life of the family that we find also the seeds of the Church which is the Spouse of Christ.

It is not easy for husbands and wives to build and nurture a family in these hard times. Difficult decisions have to be made about securing a lifestyle that is practical and sensible. Many times, there are no support systems to help them build a secure and safe environment in which to stabilize a good network of family and friends. Societal expectations and peer pressure present options for couples that do not support the unity of the family or communion with the Church.

Without a good foundation, many temptations and a lack of direction can lead to confusion, a loss of commitment and an unwillingness to persevere in what can appear to be an impossible task.

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by Father Cioppi

“The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.”

The psalm today beautifully sings: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy giving wisdom to the simple.”

As a community of persons, we seem to have lost the sense of sin and redemption; of absolute truth and fear of the Lord. I think we are confused and perhaps lost in a haze of a lot of noise and distraction.

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by Father Cioppi

“Be the servant of all”

Mark writes out a one line mission statement for us who seek to be faithful followers of Jesus.

“Whoever wants to be first, must be servant of all.”

It is not so much a ‘what to do’ but rather a ‘how to do,’ It is an attitude Jesus seeks in us.

If my actions and my thoughts can conform to those of Jesus Who washed the apostle’s feet, then I can properly withstand the deceptions and the false appeal of those who do not hold on to the One Truth, Who is our only hope for freedom and peace.

My friends, when you get home, read the Gospel again and hear for yourselves the Word of God. Consume it and make it a part of your everyday life so you can articulate for others the joy and freedom you experience through Jesus Who possesses your heart.

“Whoever wants to be first, must be servant of all.”

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by Father Cioppi

Jesus…Our Catechist Par Excellance

Deacon Greg Maskarinec’s Homily from September 16th – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When I think back to teachers in high school, my math teacher Mr. Pickens comes to mind.   He was an “old man”, probably younger then I am today! He stressed discipline in learning and emphasized the basics of algebra, trigonometry, and geometry.  He put us on the spot by asking us questions and ordering us up to the black board to solve problems in front of the class.  I didn’t always enjoy his class, but I came to appreciate all that I had learned from him.   I regret not going back to high school and thanking him for all that he taught me, specifically about math and more generally about discipline when learning a new subject.  But I give witness to him in word and action by speaking about him, as I am right now, by using the skills and knowledge I learned from him and by passing it on to others. Continue reading

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by Susan Dugary

Our Lady of Lourdes praesidium,

Legion of Mary

Mother of Divine Providence Parish

Do you want to become a warrior?!  How about a Prayer Warrior for the Legion of Mary at MDP?  If you already pray or want to develop a prayer life, Jesus might be calling you to participate in some level in the Legion of Mary.  Pray about it!

For more information please contact Rosario Fajardo (rcfajrd@icloud.com). Please keep our efforts with Jesus’ Mother Mary in your prayers!

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by Susan Dugary

MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE -SATURDAY 4:00pm

Our Saturday Evening Mass schedule changed as of Labor Day from the 5:15pm to 4:00pm. Confessions are scheduled from 3:00 pm to 3:45pm on Saturday afternoon.

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by Father Cioppi

‘Be strong, fear not! Here is your God He comes to save you!’

Isaiah proclaims: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God He comes to save you!”

Saint James tells us that God chooses the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom that He promised those whom He loves.

The Gospel says that the poor are those who can open their hearts to God. They are not enslaved to the things of this world, because they have nothing to offer Jesus but themselves.

Material things and constant busyness can contribute to a sense of alienation in the human person who is by nature social and relational. We only grow with other people, not in isolation.

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by Father Cioppi

“May the Word I give you, take possession!”

“Humbly welcome the word that has taken root in you, with its power to save you. Act on this word. If all you do is listen to it, you are deceiving yourselves.’ (James 1:17)

Each one of us who follows the path Christ laid out, listens to both the spoken word and the Tradition handed on by the Fathers of the Church.

Wisdom tells us even in the Letter from James today, that listening is not enough. Catholics are a sacramental people, we believe in outward signs and as such, we live lives that demand witness even among our enemies.

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by Father Cioppi